It does seem like they're using heavier dowels to make these sticks. This would also help to reinforce the durability claim (though independently of the flame treatment process).I tried a pair last week and had the same thought on them being heavy. What I didn't know is they have 3 different versions (which I didn't know) and they supposedly have the same weights as their hickory counter part according to a promark rep.
The sticks are actually burnt (they go through a quick scorching process). They're lacquered after that process. I've been playing with my prototypes for a while now without any markings created on heads or cymbals.I was curious if these will leave a mark to the head?
It has a 'charred' look. Is that actually burnt wood? Stained?
side note: I play an E-kit with mesh heads and was not sure if they are more susceptible to transfer of 'material' compared to an acoustic kits heads.